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What free ebooks should I check out? Answered

I'm going to be hiking in Japan for a week soon. The last time I did this was about eight years ago and I hauled a few large paperbacks along with me which I devoured in the first few days. It was far too much dead weight and took up too much space in my backpack.

This time around, I'm going to be borrowing a Sony ebook reader from a friend. Since many ebooks cost more than real books and there are a ton of classics I haven't read yet, I'm going to load it up with reading from Project Gutenberg and feedbooks.com.

So far I have selections from Mark Twain, Jules Verne, Nietzsche, Cory Doctorow, H.G. Wells, and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Those are already be more than enough, but I want to have options!

What other free classics should I check out? I normally geek out on too much non-fiction, so I want some stuff with wonderful language, characters, and stories. Let me know if you have any ideas.

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penny-stocks (author)2010-05-19

There are many books by Eckchart Tolle that you can download. 

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Kiteman (author)2009-02-27

Flatland, Chaucer, Mary Shelley, EE Smith, Marion Zimmer Bradley, Edgar Rice Burroughs, Ray Cummings, Blish, Bloch, Ben Bova, Gunn, Harry Harrison ....

It's non fiction, but; The Chemical History of a Candle, by Faraday.

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Lithium Rain (author)Kiteman2009-02-27

We like teh same peoples!

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Kiteman (author)Lithium Rain2009-02-27

Pratchett? Mieville? Stewart & Cohen?

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KentsOkay (author)Kiteman2010-05-14

 Terry Pratchett? Awesome writer, that man.

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Lithium Rain (author)Kiteman2009-02-27

Can't say I've read them. Bill Bryson? Michael Crichton?

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Kiteman (author)Lithium Rain2009-02-28

Bryson's OK. Crichton I find full of errors.

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Lithium Rain (author)Kiteman2009-02-28

I know, but he's fun for when you want to suspend reality and forget the rules. :D

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jessyratfink (author)Kiteman2010-05-13
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inness (author)2009-02-28

Why don't you check out your local library? They often have ebooks available for free download, with lots of popular authors, as well as the classics.

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canida (author)2009-02-27

Dear fungus amungus, Thank you for your Forum topic post! However, we now have a new Answers section of the Instructables website. Your question would be more appropriately published in this area.

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comodore (author)canida2009-02-28

Now that the new Answers section is open, people much less visit the forum...

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gmjhowe (author)canida2009-02-28

Fungus Protection Team MOBILIZE!

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Kiteman (author)canida2009-02-27

Actually, I was under the (self-inflicted?) impression that the "Answers" section was for more objectively-answerable questions rather than for questions which could wander off into a discussion or debate of the relative merits of two or more equally-good options.

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kelseymh (author)canida2009-02-27

And I have to ask....why did the mighty Canida not simply walk down the hall with her mighty sword of doom?

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Kiteman (author)kelseymh2009-02-27

Because she's making a point.

Or maybe she's letter fingers do the walking?

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Lithium Rain (author)canida2009-02-27

=O

RUN FUNGUS RUN!

The Wrath of Canida is upon Thee!

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Lithium Rain (author)2009-02-27

I love the two Edgars - Edgar Rice Burroughs (his Tarzan stories are totally outdated and not very P.C., yet strangely full of win), and Edgar Allen Poe.

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